Pelvic Health in both men and women is a topic that deserves much more attention in today's society.
One in three women will have a pelvic health issue in their lifetime, and yet it remains a problem that many choose to ignore or accept as 'normal'.
The pelvic muscles are just another group within the body, like the biceps and triceps in the arm and therefore can become weak or injured. The good news is that if they are not working correctly, they can also be treated just like most other muscles.
The function of the pelvic muscles is to support, control and work alongside the pelvic organs, which include the bladder, the rectum, and in ladies the uterus and vagina. If the pelvic muscles are not working correctly, problems can arise with bladder and bowel function, sexual function as well as pain.
Back in February, I attended an advanced physiotherapy workshop covering pelvic health from all angles, run by Michelle Lyons, an expert clinician in Women's Health Physiotherapy and all aspects relating to pelvic health.
It was a brilliant experience which initially refreshed our understanding of pelvic anatomy and the pelvic floor muscles. As a group, we then learned of the many types of pelvic floor conditions, how to screen for dysfunction, modify and teach pelvic floor exercises and strategies and how to use this knowledge with a wide range of clients including females, males, pregnant and pre and post-menopausal ladies.
It was a thoroughly enjoyable workshop which enhanced my knowledge and ability in working with this client group here in the clinic.
By Rachael Cleary BSc Physio